ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: From the Ashes of the Crisis Arises Opportunity | Marina Hatsopoulos | TEDxUTHLarissa

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: From the Ashes of the Crisis Arises Opportunity | Marina Hatsopoulos | TEDxUTHLarissa

Here’s Great Tip: From the Ashes of the Crisis Arises Opportunity | Marina Hatsopoulos | TEDxUTHLarissa


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With high unemployment and an aging population dependent on public pension and healthcare systems, Greece needs jobs. The best way to create jobs is to create startups, which provide the opportunity for socioeconomic mobility and social impact for the Greeks in Greece, for the half-million well-educated Greeks who left during the crisis and could be enticed to return, and even for the resident refugees. My own grandmother, born in Smyrna in 1907, was a refugee; she was the brain drain and the re-brain, and she was an entrepreneur. Crisis begets opportunity.

Marina Hatsopoulos, born in the US to Greek parents, was Founding CEO of Z Corporation, an early leader in 3D printing. She has served on numerous corporate boards and is on the National Board of Research & Innovation for the Republic of Cyprus, the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Advisory Boards of MIT Enterprise Forum Greece and Eurobank’s EGG incubator. She is a graduate of Brown University (BA, Math and Music) and MIT (MS, Mechanical Engineering), and writes articles and short stories (windystreet.com). Marina Hatsopoulos was Founding CEO and original investor in Z Corporation, an early market leader in 3D printing, from 1994 through its sale in 2005. She is Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, the worldwide leader in magnetically-levitated bearingless motor technology. She was appointed by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus to the National Board of Research & Innovation.

She is on the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and on the Advisory Board of the Nantucket Conference, MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, Eurobank’s EGG incubator, Mindspace Startup Program and the OK! Thess accelerator in Greece.

She holds B.A. degrees from Brown University in Math and in Music, and an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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